food share | [MIA] padrino’s cuban cuisine

I’m learning that as I continue to blog out my adventures, I’m taking more, and more, and more photos and I’m trying to stay consistent when it comes to the content. Bear with me! As my friend once said “You have to ****/mess up.” Especially when it comes to learning in this day and age. I suppose the hope is to have everything right in the first place but then growth doesn’t take place! So the goal is that you want consistency and growth.


Padrino’s Cuban Cuisine – 2500 E Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

It was a hungry day for us weary travelers (heh). It was cold, and we all we had taken a dip in the Altantic Ocean so we were a bit famished. Like all other travelers, we looked online to see what was the closest yet most rated AND high starred food and *voila.* That can’t be just us. I’m positive a majority of people do this so that’s why I admire people who do take the time to write honest reviews, take photos, and give reputable feedback.

I won’t mince anything. Majority of the photos are really as is. I try my best to not “adjust” anything because it’s only fair to show you as much as I’ve experienced. I don’t have TOO much opinion on decor and “mood” as far as reviews. If the food is good, that’s MAJORITY what I care for. That’s why I’m out.. to eat. Yes, the ambiance is a plus but I want to focus purely on food because that’s what I’m “passionate” about. (Bleh, we will see how it progresses!)

The menu

This is another reason why I appreciate Yelp/Google reviews. I can imagine what is going to be served to me, YET I do appreciate photos. It’s just the enticing and then comes the anticipation..

Guava mojito (not mine!)

Not mine, but I had to comment on the mojito. It’s a guava mojito and I’ve never had one and it was very refreshing. Again, doesn’t it make you curious as to what it taste like? You’re looking at it and it makes you think “man, I want to try that.” I still want to drink some more!

Combination Cubana

*Drools* This lovely platter was just a delight when it came out. I quickly snapped a shot and dove right in. The Picadillo Empanadas, Yucca croquettes, Ham croquettes, and Tamal Cubano were just a great starter for us to get started with the meal. Plus it came out piping hot so even better to get us started with the meal.

Croquetas de Yuca

Croquetas de Yuca. If you’ve eaten yucca, just shut up and order this. It’s great. Just eat the goodness! And if you haven’t eaten yucca, shut up and eat it still.

I ordered the Paella with a side of yucca and maduros. Let’s be honest.. this one (pointing to self) ain’t about the process of making a paella. The shrimps on it were HUGE, so that was a plus! And I ordered a side of (more) yucca and maduros. I found the paella very tasty and the left overs I had was still delish.

TL ordered the special, salmon and shrimp. I was a little perplex with the amount of shrimp that was given. It was slightly more but the size was “meh” but definitely a clean meal if you’re looking at a keto diet.

Arroz Relleno with Blackbean rice and Maduros

I was able to try HB’s Arroz Relleno. I was surprised by how it was presented and I think it was a cute attempt to make it look appetizing. It’s appears to be cheese melted on top of a mound of rice (but there’s more to it, of course!) They even put 2 peas and a slice of red pepper to make eyes and a mouth. We laughed because she ordered the black beans and rice (LOL) but it was tasty as well! She too ordered the maduros as her side along with the black bean rice.

Overall, it was a good place to eat when you’re starving. You get a lot for your buck and the leftovers are quite delicious in the morning.

Combination Cubana: ♥♥♥♥♥
Croquetas de Yuca: ♥♥♥♥♥
Paella: ♥♥♥♥
Salmon and shrimp: ♥♥
Arroz Relleno: ♥♥♥

location exploration | miami, fl – art deco district

On a magical whim, a friend of mine flew down to Florida with her beau to escape the freezing weather of the North. Long story short, a small group of us decided to take a quick day trip to Miami.

Leaving Orlando was weird because it was so nice outside in the morning but I later heard it was rainy ALL weekend. (phew! muahaha!) We finally get to Ft. Lauderdale and my friend suggest that we take a dip in the ocean. O_O

I was a little apprehensive. Like.. uhh.. what?

The brave Michigan people!

Honestly, I wasn’t planning on going or joining them but in the end, it was great to do it because I don’t think I would have done in any other situation but my friends were insistent on taking a dip so this Floridian did it. =)

“Pics or it didn’t happen.” – Unknown

Later that night, we had dinner and then we hit the art deco district with all the neon lights. It was a nice night, considering that it was predicted to be wet weather.

The set shown are the majority of the hotel lights. In-between is maybe a few restaurants/clubs but majority of it are the hotels. Also there are couple hotels that are being renovated or demolished(?) so if you’re interested in staying in these.. I suggest you do the research! It is right across South Beach, I believe..?

Anyways, I really like the photos that came out from this night. It was very spontaneous and we only had an hour parking so this is all that came out of that night.

I hope to visit again, with the intention of seeing more, of course. So thanks for checking this out!